THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2

DANCE PARTY--Billed as an "electro dance night," the folks of Shameless pay their respects to fandom's fallen son, the late John Peel. The most important DJ of all time (uncontested) died this October, and Shameless DJs Recess, Derek Fisher, and the Perfect Cyn--joined by 31 Avas and Dave Allen of the newly reunited Gang of Four--mourn on the dance floor to the tune of "Teenage Kicks." ZP
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $3

MUSIC--Even though the Coup have been slacking on putting out a new album, they still put on a fun show, chock full of more musicians than the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Plus, I can't imagine a better way to absorb Boots' dope rhymes than while chillin' at the dope lounge at the Doug Fir. KS
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 231-WOOD, 9 pm, $11-13

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3

ROCK!--Raw, sexed-up London two-piece The Kills combine naked guitar-and-drums rock 'n' roll with sultry PJ Harvey-style vocal taunts. Their songs about wanting, cussing, fucking, and fighting provide the hot, grimy night of trashy, swaggering punk you know you've been wanting. JT
w/The Hunches, Wet Confetti; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $10-11

SKATEBOARDING--Check out video of some of the best skating in the world at The World Cup Skateboarding Video Premiere, which is sure to contain kickass footage from all the concrete-paved portions of the globe. Even better? Hiphop artists like Cool Nutz, Pep Love (Heiro), and Royce Da 59 will also be on hand, and a portion of the proceeds go to Portland Public Schools. EH
Bossanova, 722 E Burnside, 1-800-992-TIXX, 7 pm. $15, 21 and over

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4

MUSIC--The Dears' recent UK explosion finds them next in line for British import of the year--funny that, as the band is from Montreal. You'd never know it from their records, however, which feature Brit-cum-Chamber Pop that sadistically re-evaluates and repackages British pop history and feeds it back to those Limeys, who are eating it up. And you will, too. ZP
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 1-800-992-TIXX, 9 pm, $8

COMEDY--When they build the Mt. Rushmore of American stand-up comics, Mitch Hedberg's stoney gaze will surely be included. Mitch is the hilarious deadpan comic for our generation, with jokes about Monster Magnet and Frozen Bananas. Let's give thanks to the glorious return of stand-up comedy! AB
w/Stephen Lynch; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 224-4400, 7:30 & 10:30 pm, $29.50

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5

ART MUSIC--There should be an IQ test to get into Karate's show. Mellow, melodic and precise, the Boston trio plots their music somewhere between jazz and emo. But try to pin them down to a specific genre and they will quickly wiggle out with a rocking guitar solo or slam in your face lyrics as gnarled as a T.S. Eliot poem. PB
w/Roots of Orchis; Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $8

DKPDX--Portland's burgeoning Drag King scene puts another notch in its manly leather belt this weekend with a new show, "Dungeons & Drag Kings: A Night of Fantasy." Expect the usual hilarious lip sync renditions of popular music, as well as post-apocalyptic reindeer, spacey sex kittens, and most exciting of all, a blow-out performance of David Bowie's "Jump Magic," from the movie Labyrinth!
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 7 pm, $5 (no one turned away)

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6

SUPERHERO ART--Melding machine and man, creativity and ingenuity, Portland's Art Institute presents the art of the action figure, as envisioned by a dozen-plus local artists, from Bwana Spoons' out-in-orbit space babies to Matt Connelly's tasty Ninjabread Man and Anh Tran's cuddly Tranimals. Superheroes; super art. PB
Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NW Davis, 9 am-6 pm, free

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7

QUEER EYED--For those who love Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, here's your chance to meet the straight slob's savior, Carson Kressley. The show's snappy-mouthed fashionista, Carson will sign your copy of his newest how-to-do-it tome Off the Cuff: The Essential Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them--and if you're polite, he may even insult your shoes. Fabulous! WSH
Powell's Books in Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 7 pm, free

MUSIC--Madman Tim Kinsella is back with his off-kilter, noisy Joan of Arc-spawned band, The Make Believe, which collides classic rock and heavy metal in an explosion of intentional off-key dissonance. Be driven mad tonight. KS
The Meow Meow, 320 SE Pine, 9 pm, $7

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8

FUCK--No, I'm not just writing that nasty, nasty word to show what a hip and risky news outlet we are; the most successful band to ever name themselves Fuck is actually coming! And furthermore, these guys aren't "fuck"ing around (HA! YEAH!); their music is tender, complex, and hauntingly beautiful. Say it with me: Fuck is coming! Fuck is coming! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! JWS
w/The Minders, Double U; Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $10